Hospital systems in Hampton Roads are joining a nationwide trend towards wellness and prevention – starting with their employees. Many organizations have hired wellness coordinators, provided free fitness programs for employees and thrown in financial perks for those who agree to fill out risk assessments or work with a health coach.
Bon Secours Hampton Roads is one of the local systems leading the way in employee wellness initiatives with at least one huge financial incentive: bringing down the costs of employee health care.
At Bon Secours a variety of employee wellness initiatives are being used to help record, track, and improve changes in employee health throughout the three hospital system. Among them is the no-nicotine hiring policy started Nov. 30, 2011. A “Rethink Your Drink” campaign reduced the size of sugary beverages served in the hospital cafeterias and incorporated healthier drinks like coconut water this year. An on-site clinic for employees will open at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth next month. With help from the weight loss and nutrition experts at Bon Secours In Motion clinics, Bon Secours also launched a free 13-week fitness program this summer called “Team Lean,” which helps selected employees work to lose weight and live healthier with personal training sessions and nutrition education.